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Wakefield preparations have survived the freeze - Kear

John Kear
Kear guided Wakefield to the play-offs in 2009

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach John Kear insists pre-season preparations have not been negatively affected by the freezing weather.

With their training ground snowed under, the Wildcats have managed to use indoor facilities.

"The players have coped with adversity well. We're just where we want to be at this point in pre-season," said Kear.

"Last week we trained at Soccer City in Leeds. It's a fantastic facility and we were able to keep the boys on target."

He added: "This week we've lined up another excellent indoor facility so we can keep up the workload.

We have a plan that sets out the volume of training and the level of intensity that is necessary to be ready for the Super League season and we're bang on target.

Wildcats head coach John Kear

"We've had to be flexible in our normal approach to early morning weight training sessions. But all that has been necessary is for the Lancashire-based players to wait until everybody else has got to work when the roads have been cleared of snow and ice and then come across the Pennines.

"We have a plan that sets out the volume of training and the level of intensity that is necessary to be ready for the Super League season and we're bang on target."

The Wildcats have two more pre-season fixtures scheduled.

They are due to play Wigan Warriors at the Hearwell Stadium on Sunday and then go to Championship One club Hunslet Hawks the week after.

"I expect to put out a strong side against the Warriors and Terry Newton [who injured a calf muscle on Boxing Day] will be playing against his home-town club."



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